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In every culture, we've seen food celebrated and progressed. Soul food with its cheap food and unhealthy associations tends to be the exception. These modern soul food recipes strive to challenge those perceptions and associations, while also honoring tradition.

They are neo-soul remixes of Big Mama's recipes that can be eaten every day including busy weeknights. They are fusion recipes blending traditional soul food ingredients with cuisines and techniques from around the world.

Even more so, they are about both elevating and changing the narrative around soul food by offering healthier versions of vegetables (okra, collard greens, cabbage, sweet potatoes, blackeyed peas) that are connected to modern techniques and global flavor trends.

It also serves the purpose of reminding us that soul food is farm to table, i.e. it is rooted in food that is real, vegetable-centric, and local. You will find twists on classics ingredients like roasted watermelon steaks, grilled sweet potatoes, and blistered okra and tomatoes.

"Love of My Life" Greens Gumbo Z'Herbes

It's about that time of year for soul-warming comfort foods, and one of the iconic dishes to come out of Louisiana is gumbo z'herbes. This classic soup has its roots deeply enmeshed in Creole history, traditionally made in celebration of Lenten observances such as Easter. It’s often referred to as “green” Gumbo because it incorporates …

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"BMO" Smoked Cornish Hen Recipe

I'm not saying this is the best Cornish hen recipe ever, but these smoked cornish hens are basically next level "herb chicken!" These little birds get top-notch treatment; they're dry brined, marinated, smoked and then fried for both internal juiciness and external crispiness. Most recipes for smoke cornish hens involve pieces of the hen, but I prefer to smoke the entire …

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"You Know How We Do It" grilled mahi mahi with papaya-tequila lime sauce

If you're looking for a delicious seafood dinner, grilled mahi mahi is where it's at! This lean white fish is flavorful and easy to grill up, making it the perfect meal when you're short on time. Plus, mahi mahi is packed with vitamins and minerals - so you can feel good about eating healthy. Absolutely …

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